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Patrick Maxwell

Call 2011

Inquests & Public Inquiries

Patrick is regularly instructed to represent interested parties at inquests with a particular focus on deaths in custody and the engagement of Article 2 of the ECHR. Patrick also represents health care providers and employers in relation to notifiable accidents at work.

Patrick frequently acts in civil and public law proceedings arising from and related to inquests. He has particular experience in claims arising out of the treatment of people in custody.

Selected Cases

  • Acting for custody officers in an inquest concerning a prisoner who sadly died shortly after being admitted to prison.
  • Acting for prison healthcare staff in an inquest concerning a death by suicide.
  • Acting for nursing staff in an inquest arising from a death in a care home.
  • Successfully acting for a prison operator in a case concerning the rights of transgender prisoners under Articles 3, 8 and 14 of the ECHR had been infringed.
  • R. (on the application of Smith) v Secretary of State for Justice [2014] EWCA Civ 380. A case concerning smoking in prisons and the application of Articles 8 and 14 of the ECHR (with Scott Matthewson).
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  • BA Hons (First Class), University of Oxford
  • GDL, City University
  • BPTC, City University
  • David Karmel Award, Grays Inn
  • Holt Scholarship, Grays Inn
  • Academic Scholarships, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford


  • SCL
  • PNBA

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